Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Introduction Each year, over three million children and adolescents experience some form of traumatic event in their life (Ray, 2014). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a traumatic event (Hamblen, 2009). Some of the events that can cause children and adolescents to suffer from PTSD are natural and man-made disasters, violent crimes, rape, or murder of a parent, school shootings, motor vehicle accidents, severe burns, exposure to community violence, war, peer suicide, and sexual and physical abuse. A social worker must assess the biopsychosocial development and other theories to implement an effective plan to evaluate the needs of the individual. Human…show more content…
With a good support system and self-care many children will overcome the event and get better over time. However if the child continues to experience symptoms, the symptoms get worst, and/or last for a number of months or even years it can begin to interfere with the day to day functioning of the child. This is when PTSD may become a diagnosis. Not everyone who goes through a traumatic event will get PTSD. The chances of developing it and how severe it is vary based on things like personality, history of mental health issues, social support, family history, childhood experiences, current stress levels, and the nature of the traumatic event (The Nemours Foundation, 2015). Symptoms Symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder in children can different from child to child. Children with PTSD can often re-experience the trauma they’ve endured in many different forms. This could include forms of “flashbacks”, memories, nightmares, different scary thoughts especially when they’re exposed to events or objects that remind them of the trauma (The Nemours Foundation, 2015, para. 2). Symptoms could also include appetite, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Memory lost can also occur which can come in the form of difficulty paying attention at school or in the home. Components of a paragraph: 1. Topic sentence 2 points to the topic sentence a. Summarize main point of the paragraph b. Make it clear how the main point of the paragraph
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